Bitkom statement on the debate about the European Battery Directive

On 10 December 2020, the European Commission proposed a modernisation of EU legislation on batteries. The draft includes a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on batteries and waste batteries repealing Directive 2006/66/EC and amending Regulation (EU) 2019/1020.

The German Association "Bundesverband Informationswirtschaft, Telekommunikation und neue Medien e. V. (Bitkom) has commented on the draft. 

Accordingly, Bitkom suggests:

  • to improve the regulation on the removal and replacement of batteries with regard to a calculation of the service life,
  • making the CE marking on batteries mandatory only from 2023, in order to give manufacturers sufficient lead time for implementation, and
  • to calculate the collection rate on the basis of the quantities of spent batteries that are actually available for collection. The collection rate should therefore not be calculated on the basis of the quantities placed on the market in previous years.

Read the complete statement here (in German only).

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